June 11, 2006, 05:03 PM
:confused: Lately I've seen mention of the Colt Patterson as being carried on camping trips and being used in other areas. I was always told that the Patterson replics were "Too delicate" for serious blackpowder work and that I should avoid them. Which is true?

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Old Fuff
June 11, 2006, 06:07 PM
As the first of the breed, the Colt Paterson is an interesting handgun, and it should be remembered that they were carried by 1840's era Texas Rangers, who were not going to a picnic. The materials used in today's replicas is equal to or better then anything Sam Colt had in his day.

However later models, such as the 1851 Navy, 1860 Army, and Remington "New Army" revolvers are a much better choice for most shooters. Later designs are almost always better from a users point of view.

June 11, 2006, 06:14 PM
Five shots, folding trigger at an odd angle.. yes there are better weapons.

But that long barrel gives plenty of accuracy.

Truthfully a Remington 1858 or Colt 1860 give you a LOT more room to work with as far as loading the revolver, but a Patterson has style.

Or, split the difference with an 1851 Navy.

June 11, 2006, 06:20 PM
they had between three and four times the number of parts as the revolvers that had evolved by 1850. the odds would favor more broken parts etc. I have two and shoot them occasionally and have had no trouble with parts wear or breakage. they are somewhat finicky and required some break in and adjustment but I can now see why a number of them were still up and working several years after texas bought them and right on through the 1847 war with mexico. Ive also seen one with a navy loading lever attached - indicating that they could be kept working for a pretty extended run.

The hand spring and bolt spring are actully simpler and bigger than on the later guns. this might be significant. might not too.

June 11, 2006, 07:25 PM
I traded Smoking Gun a Remington NMA for a Paterson (without loading lever -separate loading tool). Interesting gun, drove me nuts trying to put it back together the first time. Accurate, fun to shoot, definitely more complicated than later models. Good addition to a collection.

June 11, 2006, 11:28 PM
I once owned a Patterson copy- probably Italian. If I remember correctly, the cylinder timing was off a little...I sold it to an older gentleman to hang on the wall- It has a rather long barrel(8" or so),a seperate loading tool, and is ornately engraved all over exept for the grip frame, which appeared to be nickle plated. Now I want it back!:evil:

June 13, 2006, 08:12 AM
Mine shoots great, but is a little slow in the reload. That's okay, since the Comanches aren't much of a threat these days.:)

June 14, 2006, 02:36 AM
Just some Paterson eye candy...:what:

I'll have another one someday...:banghead:

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